Conducting Implications of Nonmetric Choral Music

This study aims to break down the fear associated with nonmetric music and give conductors a way to approach conducting choral nonmetric music. Most of conducting education is spent on metric music. While metric music encompasses a vast majority of the choral repertoire, nonmetric music has become a part of the choral canon and conductors receive little preparation or guidance for conducting such music. Combining research on conducting chant, nonmetric instrumental music, vocal aleatoric music, and graphically notated choral works will create a means to conducting varying examples of nonmetrical choral music. Approaching nonmetric choral music with the same study expected of metric music will shape the conductors understanding of the work’s essential elements such a melody, harmony, growth and other expressive elements. This knowledge of the music will guide conducting gesture when meter is absent.